So Much To Do, So Little Time
With our busy work schedules and commitments with family and friends, there just never seems to be enough time in the day. The last thing we want to be spending our free time doing is cleaning our house, but that’s often what we end up doing anyways. That’s why we’re sharing with you some cleaning hacks to help save you time. Work smarter, not harder, and get back to doing the things you enjoy, while still having a clean & healthy home.
Cleaning Your Mattress
On average, humans spend about 227,468 hours of their life sleeping. That’s 26 years total, and a lot of time spent on your mattress. So, when was the last time you cleaned yours? Odds are it could use a refresh. We recommend having your mattress professionally cleaned every year if you can. In the meantime, sprinkle some baking soda on it, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then vacuum it up.
Cleaning Your Dishwasher
Did you know that the dishwasher is one of the dirtiest appliances in your home? That’s because we just often neglect to clean them, but think of all the dirty dishes that have sat inside there. So give your dishwasher a good cleaning, and it’s pretty quick and easy too! Remove the bottom rack from your dishwasher, and sprinkle in some baking soda. Use a cleaning brush to scrub inside. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom (Never pour any soap in your dishwasher or you will have a big mess on your hands). Run the hottest, and longest cycle you have. And done!
Cleaning Your Microwave
It’s always best to wipe down your microwave after you use it, but sometimes we forget and food splatters and stains get caked inside and it can be hard to get off. Add lemon juice and water in a bowl, run the microwave for 3 minutes, then let it sit for 10 minutes. Afterwards you should be able to easily wipe off any grime.
Reducing Dirt and Dust
Do you feel like you're constantly dusting your home? No one wants to be spending time every week dusting their house. If you don't already, make sure you have doormats at all entrances of your home. It’s not a bad idea to implement a “NO SHOES'' rule in the house, so your guests aren't tracking dirt in with them. Another easy task is to change your furnace's air filter every 6 months. We’d also recommend having your air ducts cleaned. This will get rid of allergens, dust, and dirt that are being blown around your home. That layer of dust you’re finding every week could just be a dirty HVAC system.
Cleaning Your Blinds
Sometimes using a regular duster to clean blinds just isn't enough. You'll spend all afternoon dusting, and still be left with dirty looking blinds An easy way to get them clean AND finally put those socks with no match to good use, is to wear a sock on your hand and use that to wipe off the blinds. Spray some multi-purpose on the sock too if you want to give it a good wipe.
Cleaning Your Bathtub
Cleaning the bathtub can be a pretty time consuming chore. Sometimes even after scrubbing, for what feels like forever, it still just isn't enough to give it the cleanliness you’re looking for. Once you’re done wiping it with a bathroom cleaner of your choice, try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Seriously, those things can be a life-saver and a time-saver, and it should help with getting rid of the grime ring that forms around the bathtub without putting in all the elbow grease.
There isn't anything more satisfying to bring in the new season then some spring cleaning. Cleaning your home top to bottom is not an easy task. It's important to make your cleaning list as manageable as possible. You aren't going to get everything done in one weekend and that's okay! Make sure to include the whole family in spring cleaning, splitting up the tasks will help make this list a little less daunting. This is a general spring cleaning checklist, so tailor it to what fits the needs of your home.
Stock up on cleaning supplies
Some essential natural cleaners to use are baking soda, white vinegar, and Castile Soap. Get a couple empty spray bottles as well to make your natural cleaning solutions. Also get your favorite all purpose cleaner and dish washing soap. Make sure you have a clean mop, a good vacuum, and microfiber rags.
What Is Air Duct Cleaning?
This is a question we get asked a lot. While commonly referred to as air duct cleaning, another term would be HVAC cleaning and restoration. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The HVAC system helps with temperature control and humidity levels by regulating air movement in your home. Air duct cleaning helps maximize your homes comfort, and efficiency of your HVAC system with regular proper maintenance.
How Mark’s Cleaning Service Cleans Air Ducts
Air Duct Cleaning Estimate
It’s important to have a certified technician inspect your system before cleaning. That’s why we offer free no commitment estimates. First the technician will evaluate your system including supply & return duct work using our telescopic camera. This will help us determine the best way to clean your duct work and the equipment to use. Once the estimate is completed we will schedule an appointment.
Air Duct Cleaning Process
Our Ram Air duct cleaning system uses compressed air and truck mounted vacuums to thoroughly clean ducts. We will enter each individual vent register with a compressed air line and separate vacuum line. We attach our truck mounted vacuum line to your vent register and the compressed air line is then snaked through the same air duct until it reaches your furnace, this creates pressure within the vent. Compressed air and soft whips agitate debris and dust from the duct walls. The pressure from our vacuum carries the particles out to our truck.
Air Duct Completion
Once complete, our technician will make a final inspection to assure that the air duct is thoroughly cleaned. Then we will clean up and leave your home exactly as we found it. Leaving behind only clean air ducts so that you and your family can enjoy your new improved indoor air quality.
There are multiple benefits that come with a professional air duct cleaning. You will improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergens in your home. Remember that your HVAC system is in charge of the air that you and your family are breathing. In addition, air duct cleaning helps you to save money. When contaminants and dirt builds up in your HVAC system it makes the system have to work harder and consume more energy. It could also shorten the life of your system. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have about our duct cleaning process.
Keep Your Carpet Clean Year Round
It's a new year and a time that many of us are planning out the projects we want to get done this year. One annual project that should be on everyone's to do list is deep cleaning your carpet. We all know carpet is expensive, so it's important to maintain it the best we can. With a little bit of dedication you can keep your carpet in top shape for many years. Experts suggest that carpet is professionally cleaned every 12 months, and even more often in a home with pets and children. So what should you do for the rest of the year between professional cleanings?
When it's time to give your carpet its annual deep cleaning, leave it to the professionals. Our certified technicians use the latest technology to give your carpet the care it needs. Visit our carpet cleaning page to learn more, or give us a call and speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.
August 8, 2019
Quality Mattress and Furniture Cleaning
At Mark’s Cleaning Service, we provide mattress and upholstery cleaning services. Do you ever wonder why you have nightly allergies? It can easily be caused by lingering dust mites on your mattress! Whether you have king or queen mattresses, at Mark’s Cleaning Service we clean all types of mattresses. Our method of cleaning is safe for family, pets, and environmentally friendly. We go above and beyond cleaning dust mites off your mattress and treat urine stains, coffee stains, red dye, and pet odor issues so you get the full benefits of our mattress cleaning! At Mark’s Cleaning Service, we also clean your upholstered furniture such as sofas, recliners and dining room chairs. Did you know that 80% of the dirt and grime that you bring home often ends up on your carpet and upholstery? Whether you are driving home from work (we clean car upholstery!) or sitting down on your living room couch, the dirt and dust from your clothes ends up on your upholstery. Getting your furniture cleaned can benefit you tremendously. We use hot water extraction via our state-of-the-art truck mounts to remove all of the dirt and grime. The hot water is blasted throughout the upholstery fabric to emulsify soils and contaminates leaving your upholstered furniture fresh and clean!
June 19th, 2019
Inexpensive Easy Ways to Prevent Floods
In Northeast, Ohio, storms are inevitable and we often get high winds from very big tropical storms! Hurricane season is here and it brings damaging rain from strong storms down south! At Mark’s Cleaning Service, we are always prepared for catastrophic events and ready to answer your call with an immediate response. Here are some safe, inexpensive tips you can follow considering you are a homeowner and minimize losses to your home:
-Cover Your AC Unit During a Major Storm
It’s smart to cover your AC unit during a strong storm to prevent flying debris caused by wind damage. Using trash bags or tarp to cover your AC unit can trap moisture inside your unit
-Protect Your Windows and Doors
If you do not have storm shutters, stock up on plywood in advance. In the likely event of a major storm happens;
cover all windows as well as glass doors with shutters or plywood.
-Keep Downspouts and Gutters Clear
It is very important to note that flooding in the home is caused by clogged gutters and downspouts can often lead to overflow around your homes foundation.
-Seal Doors and Windows
Any loose doors and windows that leak water can cause mold growth and water damage. Properly sealing doors and windows is an easy and affordable measure to take.
These inexpensive measures can be taken to drastically decrease the chance of flooding. However, water damage can happen unexpectedly and at Mark’s Cleaning Service we always are on standby 24/7 to take your call at 330-350-1293. Your damage becomes our top priority and our knowledgeable certified technicians assist you in any way possible to dry out your home.
April 29th, 2019
High Quality Window Cleaning
Did you know that each year over 164,000 people are admitted to urgent care for injuries and 300 deaths are caused by falls from ladders most of which are from falls of 10 feet or less? It’s crazy to think about, but it’s true! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2011 the leading cause of unintentional injury mortality nationwide result in falls from ladders. At Mark’s Cleaning Service, our trained technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to wash your windows without using unsafe ladders, so put them away homeowners, we’ve got you covered! By using special equipment water is first deionized and purified of contaminating metals, minerals and chemicals. We use mineral free water because it binds with minerals, dirt, and organic materials naturally. After the water is purified, it is then forced through hoses to our adjustable water fed pole and brush. Windows and frames are then scrubbed with the wet brush and rinsed clean. And you can rest assured you will receive a quality clean. Our dedicated team has served Northeast Ohio for more than 30 years so give us a call today!
March 26th, 2019
Vacuuming strategies made easy
Getting rid of toxins on rugs and carpet can be very tricky because you need a vacuum cleaner that not only removes dirt, but filters out microscopic toxic particles you don’t see. Did you know that toxins can ‘ride’ on dust and linger around in our homes? Getting rid of these toxins are critical for homeowners to keep their carpets consistently cleaned. Vacuuming regularly is extremely important even if it looks clean due to the toxins hiding in the dust! A great strategy to vacuum is to start on the upper level of your home (if you have one) and go to the farthest corner of the back room vacuuming from left to right. This strategy helps with not missing spots in your carpet where dust and bacteria can hide. If you have the time, a great way to vacuum is go in the opposite direction, from right to left instead. It might seem like a lot of work, but it’s a great way to get embedded dirt, dust, pet hair, and dander out of your carpet. It will help keep your lines evident so you know where you have vacuumed. Knowing where you have already vacuumed helps remove the embedded dirt and dust more effectively and thoroughly. These strategies for vacuuming are ways to easily remove visible dirt keeping your carpet cleaned efficiently. Mark’s Cleaning Service offers a full house cleaning for every room to get thoroughly vacuumed as well as bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms and basements! Give us a call to schedule your next house cleaning!
March 05th, 2019
Myths on Carpet Cleaning Debunked
Did you know that there are several myths to carpet cleaning? Without regular deep cleaning and surface cleaning, your carpets are more susceptible to germs even than a toilet seat! Most carpet contains 200,000 bacteria per square inch on average. This means carpet is technically a thousand times germ-ier than a toilet seat! The myth you often hear is that your carpet is dirtier than a toilet seat – correction; typical carpet roughly contains 200,000 bacteria per square inch! Meaning carpets are at least 4,000 times more than a toilet seat! Another myth about carpet is that it can hide a pound of dirt per yard and still look clean. The scary truth is how much bacteria already hides in your carpet about to 200,000 bacteria per square inch and still look clean! On top of daily tracks of living (food crumbs, pollen, dirt from shoes, pet urine, and coffee spills) vacuuming and treating spills only cleans the visible dirt. Only a professional carpet cleaning can truly remove all of the bacteria that you don’t see! Mark’s Cleaning Service can provide you with a deep, detailed-steam cleaning and remove all harmful allergens, bacteria, and dirt embedded deep in your fibers. Call us today to schedule a free estimate!
February 18th, 2019
Effective Ways to Keep your Carpet Clean
Carpets can get dirty very easily if they are not cleaned regularly. Vacuuming regularly can only get the noticeable dirt off, but what are some good tips to keep them clean all the time? Making a ‘no shoes’ rule can reduce outside contaminants from entering your home. Asking visitors, friends and family to leave their shoes by the front door is a great tip to keep your carpets cleaned, especially during cold winter months. If you have pets and they go to the bathroom on your carpets, treat them immediately, don’t let it sit for a long period of time. Treat any type of stain immediately, that includes food spills and coffee stains. The longer the stains are not treated, the more problematic it is to get out. Another tip on keeping your carpet clean is to protect your floors and carpeting by placing a doormat next to each entrance. During the winter, snow, salt, and slush can get tracked in your home and make a huge mess. Having two doormats (one outside and one inside) can keep your carpets from getting dirty (one outside to wipe your shoes on, one inside to take them off). If you have pets, wiping off their paws from a rainy or snowy day can prevent wet mud from the rain or slush from snow tracking all over your home. Washing your dog on occasion also is an easy way to keep your carpets cleaned. It prevents dirt tracking room to room where your dogs like to play and sleep. Getting your carpets professionally cleaned can remove all of the bacteria, dirt, allergens and dog stains leaving your carpet fresh and clean. Give us a call at Mark’s Cleaning Service for a free estimate on your next carpet cleaning!